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When to call a Utah Black Mold Lawyer

Updated: Mar 13

When to call a Utah black mold lawyer

Toxic mold and black mold exposure makes people extremely sick. It can even be fatal. What exactly is toxic mold and how can it harm you? If you experience symptoms after being exposed to toxic mold at your home or at your place of work, what can you do? Do you have a valid legal claim against a landlord or employer? When should you call a toxic mold lawyer?

Keep reading, and you’ll learn the answers to these questions from an experienced Utah Personal Injury Attorney


WHAT DOES BLACK MOLD LOOK LIKE?

Initially, old typically appears on walls and other surfaces as clusters of little black circles that look “fuzzy”. It can then progress to green and red colors and grow in size.


HOW MUCH DANGER DO TOXIC MOLD AND BLACK MOLD POSE?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “exposure … can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of the contamination.”The signs of toxic mold exposure include: dizziness, fatigue, nausea, skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, postnatal drip, red eyes, and respiratory issues. Exposure to toxic mold may eventually impair someone’s immune system, affect the brain, and lead to long-term or permanent disability. Toxic mold also emits mycotoxins, which are deadly toxic agents. Long-term mycotoxin exposure causes serious neurological problems and can even be fatal. If you have a weakened (compromised) immune system — for example, from immunodeficiency disorders or medications that suppress your immune system — black mold exposure can also cause a fungal infection (mycosis) in your airways or other parts of your body. The symptoms are usually worse if you:

  • Have a personal or biological family history of allergies.

  • Have respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Spend a lot of time around black mold, either because of work or because your home is damp and has little ventilation.

  • Have a compromised immune system.

WHAT CAUSES TOXIC MOLD SICKNESS?

When landlords and property owners neglect to reasonably maintain their property, accidents that cause injuries are virtually inevitable. If you have detected toxic mold at your workplace, your health may already be in peril. If you have detected mold in your home, your family and your pets may be at risk. In either case, make it a priority to speak as soon as possible with an experienced Utah black mold lawyer like those at Eaton Injury Law. If you are leasing a home or apartment, you may be able to bring legal action against the landlord and/or property management company. If you bought a house with toxic mold and the seller did not disclose the existence of mold to you, you may be able to bring legal action against the seller of the home.


WHO IS LIABLE FOR TOXIC MOLD-RELATED INJURIES?

If you become sick after being exposed to toxic mold, determining who is liable can be challenging. Defective building materials, substandard construction work, a defective structural design, or the negligence of the owner or a former owner may all be important factors in determining liability. If you rent your home and you get sick from toxic mold, your landlord may be liable for your injuries and the property damage caused by the mold – if he or she was or should have been aware of the toxic mold and did not act reasonably to remedy it.


WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF TOXIC MOLD VICTIMS?

If you have suffered from injuries or illness because of toxic mold, you may be able to bring legal action for the failure to disclose or for negligence. Under Utah law, an injured victim of negligence may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more that was caused by the sickness or injury. An experienced Utah black mold lawyer can discuss how the law applies to your own case and explain what your best options are.


WHAT WILL IT COST TO HIRE A UTAH BLACK MOLD LAWYER?

Eaton Injury Law provides free consultations. There is no obligation to pursue your case. Should you decide to pursue legal action, you do not have to pay for your attorney’s services unless you win at trial or by obtaining a settlement.

If a medical provider diagnoses you with a toxic mold illness or injury, get proper and comprehensive medical treatment. Discuss your case with a good Utah black mold lawyer as soon as you know that your injuries were caused by toxic mold.



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